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Kneeling Male Nude

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This is a study for the figure setting down a chest full of gifts shown at lower right in the painting ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ painted by Rubens for the Council Chamber in Antwerp’s City Hall. Rubens followed a fixed procedure in preparing his paintings. First he drew a schematic compositional study, then an oil sketch and finally various drawn studies for individual figures and other elements. Rubens used all these materials as the basis for the actual painting, which he made with the assistance of pupils and studio assistants.

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Title Kneeling Male Nude
Material and technique Black chalk, heightened with white
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 520 mm
Width 390 mm
Artists Draughtsman: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number V 52 (PK)
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (former Koenigs collection), 1940
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1940
Creation date in circa 1609-1610
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Internal exhibitions Van Pisanello tot Cézanne (1992)
Rubens, Jordaens, Van Dyck en tijdgenoten (2001)
External exhibitions The Young Van Dyck (2012)
Rubens. Painter of Sketches (2018)
Highlight > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Place of manufacture Antwerp > Belgium > Western Europe > Europe

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Peter Paul Rubens

Siegen 1577 - Antwerpen 1640

The Antwerp painter Peter Paul Rubens was appointed court artist to the Duke of Mantua in Italy at a young age. In 1603 he travelled to Madrid, where he was...

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